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Lost in Space

Lost in Space

4.5 11
by Aimee Mann

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Since her early days in Til Tuesday (remember the new wave hit "Voices Carry"?), Aimee Mann has forged a career rich in contrasts: from her bleached hair and deep-set eyes to her velvety voice and bleak lyrics. No wonder her narcotic power-pop songs so aptly shaped the aching 1999 film Magnolia -- an


Since her early days in Til Tuesday (remember the new wave hit "Voices Carry"?), Aimee Mann has forged a career rich in contrasts: from her bleached hair and deep-set eyes to her velvety voice and bleak lyrics. No wonder her narcotic power-pop songs so aptly shaped the aching 1999 film Magnolia -- an artistic marriage that called attention to Mann's prodigious, but largely unheralded, talents. Magnolia shared a handful of songs with her quietly incendiary 2000 album, Bachelor No. 2, a self-released disc that, in part, indicted the music industry for its failure to promote substance over fluff. The disengaged relationships continue on Lost in Space, which -- amid a subdued backdrop of Mann's melancholy singing and ensnaring melodic hooks -- finds lonely characters stymied by addictions and failing to connect. Yet singing lines as raw as "All the perfect drugs and superheroes wouldn't be enough to bring me back to zero" ("Humpty Dumpty"), Mann sounds lovelier than ever, approaching the sweetness and light of Karen Carpenter. While the grist of Mann's sound remains rooted in Beatlesque melodies and arrangements with '70s rock-pop touches, such as retro-sounding keyboards and edgy guitar solos (courtesy in no small part of her guitarist and producer, Michael Lockwood), she's ditched a few of Bachelor's influences, like Bacharachian production flourishes, in favor of a bluesy touch on "High on Sunday 51" and a subtle string section on "Lost in Space." But no matter the embellishments, Aimee Mann's voice, songs, and words carry a weighty message that tastes sweet as sugar.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Robert L. Doerschuk
It is, in a sense, a trick of the times that Lost in Space conveys such a vivid visual quality; thanks to the high profile given to her music on the Magnolia soundtrack, it's now impossible to miss the narrative strength of Mann's writing. The mood throughout this album is autumnal, with filmy keyboard beds and expressive shifts between major and minor enhancing the subdued eloquence of her lyrics. (A major chord at the end of "Guys Like Me" offers an ironic twist on the smug portraiture that precedes it.) Though recorded free of the legal snarls that plagued most of her previous albums, Lost in Space seems to be mainly about alienation and, at least as a metaphor, addiction. The latter point is made clear in "This Is How It Goes," with its assertions that "it's all about drugs, it's all about shame." But it's clear as well when Mann offers to "be your heroine" -- or is it heroin? -- amidst slithering slide guitars and rainy gray textures on "High on Sunday 51," or confesses to seeking salvation where "It's Not." Recorded largely in Ryan Freeland's home studio, some of these songs receive discreet electronic treatments -- moments of abstract noise whose application always enhances the otherwise low-tech arrangements. For all the shadows that stretch across Lost in Space, what lingers in the wake of this music is the realization that Mann remains spectacularly underrated among contemporary songwriters; no one surpasses her as a master of poetic regret, and few albums examine the peculiar beauty of depression with the skill she brings to Lost in Space.
Entertainment Weekly - Josh Tyrangiel
Call her the most ambitious busker working the charts. (B+)
Blender - RJ Smith
Aimee Mann is the Martha Stewart of misery: She decorates romantic depression and turns it into the most comfortable nest you'd ever want to hang your head in....Misery loves company, we know. Thank God it loves a sinuous melody, too.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Aimee Mann   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals,Acoustic Bass,Egg Shaker,Guitar (12 String Acoustic),Clappers
Michael Penn   Drum Loop
Denyse Buffum   Viola
Darius Campo   Violin,Violin (Bass)
Larry Corbett   Cello
Mike Denneen   Harpsichord,Electric Piano,Wurlitzer
Joel Derouin   Violin
Jason Falkner   Bass
Armen Garabedian   Violin (Bass)
Berj Garabedian   Violin
Buddy Judge   Background Vocals
Peter Kent   Violin
Joe Meyer   French Horn
Carole Mukogawa   Viola
Patrick Warren   Strings,Horn,chamberlain,Marxophone
John Wittenberg   Violin
Michael Lockwood   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Dobro,Autoharp,Celeste,Electric Guitar,Harmonium,Keyboards,Theremin,Zither,12-string Guitar,Slide Guitar,ARP,chamberlain,Loops,Shaker,Omnichord,E-bow,Machines,Marxophone,Mini Moog,Prophet 600,Guitar (Baritone),Clappers,Leslie Pedal
Jay Bellerose   Drums
Susan Chatman   Violin,Violin (Bass)
Jebin Bruni   Piano,Strings,chamberlain,Prophet 5
Darian Sahanaja   Background Vocals
Suzie Katayama   Conductor
John Sands   Drums,Shaker
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Rusty Squeezebox   Background Vocals
Ryan Freeland   Clappers
Mike Randle   Background Vocals
Dave Palmer   Organ
David R. Stone   Bass
Dan Smith   Cello
Seth McClain   Clappers
Steve Richards   Cello
Michele Richards   Violin,Violin (Bass)
Mario de León   Violin

Technical Credits

Aimee Mann   Sound Effects,Art Direction,Drum Fills
Chandler Travis   Engineer
Mike Denneen   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Michael Hausman   Management
Michael Lockwood   Sound Effects,Producer,Contributor
Seth Evans   Contributor,Art Direction,Illustrations
Jonathan Quarmby   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Gail Marowitz   Art Direction
Ryan Freeland   Producer,Engineer,Loop,Radio Sound Effects
Britt Myers   Pro-Tools

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Lost in Space 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh my gosh, when I heared her song first in the Radio, I just loved it, but I dont know the name. Until now I previewed some album at BN and know that this is the Music that I want. Just Perfect, Sound Emotive & Natually done. Great Album to have!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Aimee Mann continues to get better... there is an understated strength at work in the songs here, and a driving energy which keeps you interested. This is a ''must buy'' CD, but don't take my word for it, listen to it online!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Aimee Mann's latest is the second released on her own finger-to-the-recording-industry record label, SuperEgo. Mann has been described by many as one of the greatest songwriters of our time and rightfully so. Her songs are portraits of people and situations that most people run from much less base a career in music on. And Lost In Space is her most candid piece yet. At first listen, the album seems to be her most laid back lacking the crunchy guitars of I'm With Stupid and the Burt Bacharach stylings of Bachelor No. 2. In their place are quiet melodies and arrangements containing a multitude of instruments and sounds (in part to sonic-loving co-producer Michael Lockwood) that lift Mann's pop sensibilities into a new level of character development and make for an incredible listening experience. Songs like ''Real Bad News'' and the lovely ''Invisible Ink'' are bolstered by orchestral arrangements, a device Mann has not experimented much with and is very complimentary to her writing and her voice; however, it's songs like ''Humpty Dumpty'' and ''Pavlov's Bell'' (one of the best denial songs since 10cc's ''I'm Not In Love'') where Mann really shines, as she does most brightly on the title track. Mann sardonically intones, ''So baby beware/I'm just pretending to care/Like I'm not even there'' as a person so cold to the world they have lost even themselves. Aimee Mann is like a mirror put up in front of all the messed-up people in the world. You just don't get any more honest than that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As she proved on "Bachelor No. 2," Aimee Mann has turned in a rich and rewarding collection of wonderful songs on her latest full-length disc, "Lost in Space." She is a singer who crafts melodies to fit insightful and wonderful tales that always ring true.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Congratulations, Aimee Mann -- you¿ve just released a masterpiece! Truth be told, I have a pre-release copy of LOST IN SPACE I¿ve been listening to since late July. So, I am quite familiar with the songs on the album. I can say without hesitation that this is Aimee Mann¿s best work to date. I will go further and say that LOST IN SPACE is truly a masterpiece that can stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the great recordings of all time. And that¿s not hyperbole from some die-hard Aimee Mann fan. I¿ve always though that Ms. Mann had a lot of potential but never really delivered on a full-length record. Sure, BACHELOR NO. 2 was good. But it was `hit-and-miss¿ good. LOST IN SPACE, however, is perfect. Eleven unbelievably solid tracks (you won¿t think of hitting the *skip* button). Fantastic production value. Amazing performances, particularly by Mann herself. Highlights include `Lost In Space,¿ with its slow, driving rhythm and incredible lead guitar work; `Real Bad News,¿ with its slowed-down guitars and psychedelic middle-8; `Guys Like Me,¿ where Mann puts in an unbelievable vocal performance; and `Humpty Dumpty,¿ probably the most radio-friendly song on the album. I only hope that this CD is as commercially successful as it will be critically. Such an intelligent and brilliant songwriter deserves recognition, fame, and fortune. Get this CD. I doubt you¿ll regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
makes ya wanna go in a room alone and paint. (i dont know thats just me)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been an admirer of Aimee Mann's music since 2000 when I was introduced to Bachelor no.2. Her new album is one of the best I've heard in a long time only because it brings out disparate feelings in me when I listen to the songs. On a whole, the album is a continuation of the poise and thoughtfullness her previous albums radiated.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've never actually listened to an Aimee Mann album before, but every single track here is a gem. Don't pass this one up! Really beautiful stuff here. Great pop, great hooks!
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